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Baker College of Cadillac to Launch Water Quality Program Fall 2014June 19, 2014
Associate program includes area internships
CADILLAC, Mich. – Baker College of Cadillac will launch a new program in 2014 fall quarter that will prepare graduates for careers managing one of the world’s most precious resources: water. Classes for the water quality management associate degree begin Sept. 29.
“This water quality management program is the first of its kind in northwest Michigan where natural resource management fits the mindset of residents and visitors,” said Kelly Smith, Baker College of Cadillac president.
Graduates of this two-year program will be prepared to successfully take entry-level, state-certification exams for careers in the areas of clean water distribution and wastewater sanitation. The program includes two 160-hour internships and is endorsed by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
“We have worked for two years gathering input from an advisory board of professionals in this field,” said Mark Lagerwey, dean of business and technology. “This program will work well for a person who cares about the environment and has good science aptitude. Our needs analysis shows that there is a substantial number of jobs in this field, particularly in communities with drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities."
The majority of these jobs will be in the public sector, working for municipalities, although employment opportunities also exist in private-sector agricultural, residential and commercial developments.
The advisory committee includes representatives from the municipalities of the cities of Petoskey, Reed Center and Cadillac, the water/wastewater consulting firm of H2O in Motion, private companies such as Wade Trim, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Many have committed to provide internships and to teach classes.
Water quality courses will be held in a specially equipped laboratory at Baker’s Center for Transportation Technology (CTT) near Lake City in Missaukee County. The lab is also used for agricultural program classes.
‘One Baker’ program
This new associate degree is the first One Baker program that allows students to complete the first year at any of Michigan’s nine Baker College campuses and then take the remaining program-specific classes at the campus that offers the program.
“Students pursuing this program will be able to complete general education and science classes at any Baker College campus in the state,” Smith said. “For the second year, they will take the program-specific courses and internships here. This fall, we’ll have new student housing in downtown Cadillac, which will be convenient housing for these students.”
For more information about the new water quality program, contact Cheri Sprik in Baker College admissions at 231.876.3119 or email@example.com
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